Ekele Franklin, the 15-year-old overall best candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME), has been offered admission and scholarship at a private school, Gregory University, Uturu, in Abia State.
Frankly cannot go to the Federal University of his choice, University of Lagos – because of age having scored 347 in the UTME.
Meanwhile, the Chancellor of Gregory University, Gregory Ibe, has directed the university to offer “immediate” admission, as well as tuition-free scholarship to Franklin.
This was contained in a statement by the school on sunday
The University also offered admission and scholarship to Emmanuel Chidebube, a 16-year-old boy from Abia, who came second with a score of 346 in the UTME.
The university chancellor also called for the removal of age-limitation in the admission process in the Nigerian university system as it is a “stumbling block placed on the way of specially gifted children” in the country.
The courses the two teenagers want to study at the university are unknown for now.
Mr Ibe urged the parents of the two teenagers to go ahead and commence their registration in any programme of their choice in the university.
Gregory University, named after a Catholic Pope, was founded in 2012.
The university, according to information on its website, has eight colleges, which includes medicine and health sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, agriculture, natural and applied sciences, and a college of social and management sciences.
Others are law and humanities.